BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP — Veteran Twinsburg wrestling coach Dave Mariola could be forgiven for feeling down after the Division I sectional tournament at Kenston Saturday.
The Tigers ended up advancing only two wrestlers to districts as the top four placers in each weight class advanced.
Twinsburg finished eighth in the 10-team field at sectionals with 81 points. Austintown Fitch won the sectional team title with 219 points.
Mariola was left feeling sour because so many Tigers saw their careers end at Kenston.
"I’ve been looking for the seniors to step forward all year," Mariola said. "We have five seniors wrestling here tonight and only one of them got out. I know they’re disappointed to not make it. We as a coaching staff put a lot of work in the helping them make it, so it effects us."
There was one shining spot on an otherwise tough day for the Tigers: Junior 170-pounder Aidan Corrigan looks locked for the postseason.
After finishing second last year at Kenston, Corrigan was given the No. 1 seed at 170 and dominated the field.
How dominant was Corrigan? He pinned all four of his opponents and only one of his matches lasted longer than a minute.
Corrigan pinned Solon’s Quentin Swift in 19 seconds, stuck Kenston’s Xander Lanza in 1:06 and downed Stow-Munroe Falls’ Ty Bukowksi in 22 seconds in the semifinal.
In the final, Corrigan turned on the style vs. Nordonia’s Josh Wujnovich. He hit a barrel roll for a takedown and transition right into a cradle, getting the pin in 32 seconds.
Corrigan made it clear he is not messing around this postseason.
"Not next week or the week after," Corrigan said. "I’ve got one path and one goal.
"I’ve just been working on my takedowns this year," he added. "It’s been a bit of a weakness for me before."
Mariola was impressed with his top wrestler’s form.
"That’s the best I’ve ever seen him wrestle," Mariola said. "He’s really confident this year. He’s gotten bigger and stronger and you can see it. He’s cutting weight now. He’s not just a little 170 this year."
"My mentality is different this year," Corrigan said "If there’s a year it’s going to happen, it’s going to be this year."
Speaking of cutting weight, senior Ricky DiTurno’s decision to cut down to 106 pounds turned out to be the right decision. DiTurno was the lone Tigers senior to reach districts as he finished in fourth place.
DiTurno earned his place at districts by pinning Nordonia’s Nick Hamad in 50 seconds in the consolation semifinal. In the third-place match, DiTurno lost a 9-3 decision to Fitch’s Jacob Ferguson.
Beyond that, the Tigers seniors were left hurting. Senior 132-pounder Jacob Flask and 152-pounder Jack Turle each finished as district alternates by finishing in fifth place.
Twinsburg also had 113-poudner Colin Grady and 160-pounder Damon Goff finish sixth at Kenston.
Corrigan and DiTurno now head to "The Mentor Meatgrinder."
The Division I district tournament at Mentor takes place Friday and Saturday with the top four placers in each weight class advancing to the state tournament.